Caffeine helps protect against dementia

If it turns out that you’re showing the early signs of dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, there’s no pill you can pop to “cure” it. But a new study reveals there is something you can do to shield yourself from the disease’s progression, and it’s something that will really wake you up.

According to the study, the caffeine found in beverages like coffee and tea can not only get you going at daybreak, but they can also boost an enzyme in your brain that guards against dementia!

We still have much to learn about what causes those plaques that form in the brains of people with Alzheimer’s and how exactly they do their damage, but we do know that at the most basic level, they’re a build-up of proteins that become “misfolded.”

And we also know that what can combat these misfit proteins and protect delicate brain cells from damage is an enzyme called NMNAT2.

In the study, researchers tested over 1,200 different compounds to see which substances, if any, could boost production of NMNAT2 in the brains of some laboratory mice.

It turned out that 24 of them did the trick – and a standout among them was CAFFEINE.

Even when the mice had lower than normal levels of the enzyme, caffeine was able to increase their production of it to get their levels back to normal.

Now, you’re no rodent, but it’s likely that these results could translate to humans, too.

The study comes on the heels of another recent one out of Stanford University that showed that drinking certain caffeinated beverages (no, not Coke!) can quell another culprit of Alzheimer’s: chronic inflammation.

You’ll get the most caffeine for your buck from plain, black coffee. If java isn’t your jive, you can get about half the caffeine punch from black tea and about a third of it from green tea. I always tell my patients to start small and to work their way up from there.

Besides, going cuckoo for coffee or even drinking it too late in the day can make it hard for you to settle when it’s time to turn in… and lack of sleep itself has been linked to Alzheimer’s.

Wishing you the best of health,

Dr. Glenn S. Rothfeld
Nutrition & Healing

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